Our Fallible Plans and God’s Almighty Providence (Thurs. July 22)

The word of the day is “shall.”  Often, changing circumstances get in the way of the fulfillment of our intentions.  When that happens, we find that we are not in control of the course of our lives.  In our reading of Romans 15:17-29, Paul reveals his ambitious plans for his outreach to the Gentiles.  He writes, “Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you.  For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you” (OSB vs. 24).  Today we will find that Paul’s life did not turn out as he had projected.  The apostle did get to Rome but as a prisoner.  And we do not know if he…